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Post by Dan @ 12:51pm 07/12/12 | 22 Comments
The official Bethesda Blog has reminded us that today marks the 15th anniversary of the 1997 PC launch of Quake II, the Strogg-ladden sequel to id Software's genre-defining multiplayer first person shooter.
Celebrating the affair, id Software’s Tim Willits shared some fun facts about the game:
  • Only three artists made all the 2D and 3D art for the entire game.
  • One of the original suggested names for QUAKE II was WOR, but the game’s fast-paced, tactile feel felt closer to a QUAKE game than a new franchise.
  • ‘The Edge’ (Tim’s favorite deathmatch level in QUAKE II or any other game), has over 50 trick jumps possible in the map. Tim only designed two of them, and the rest were discovered by the QUAKE II community.
Later today, Tim plans to celebrate by taking these QUAKE action figures out of the display case and reenacting his favorite moments from the game.
Happy birthday old friend.




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thermite
Posted 12:53pm 07/12/12
Never played it! Played heaps of 1 and 3. I even had an official copy of it somehow! And I've got it again now on Steam - still haven't played.
CubanPete
Posted 01:22pm 07/12/12
Ctf on the powerup server was some darn good times!
DeadlyDav0
Posted 01:27pm 07/12/12
Was too young to play this but used to watch and help my dad play. Controls he used was arrow keys for movement, control for shoot, space bar for jump and A/Z for aim up/down. It was my or my brothers responsibility to help aim up/down.
TiT
Posted 01:36pm 07/12/12
haha deadlydavo that reminds me when i was young my brother use to press the shoot and jump button and i would use the arrows.... I was the older brother :)
ravn0s
Posted 01:49pm 07/12/12
i miss ra2
Darkone
Posted 02:02pm 07/12/12
WAY back in '97-98, these were the years I really cut my teeth in Multiplayer gaming; So many Mods, Plugin-Player Models & Maps - The era of Gamespy, Polycount.com & PlanetQuake.com! :)

Whilst being an Aussie, this made me High Ping Bait to no end but the game was at its best when played in a LAN party! ;)

Quake 2 had a rockin' Soundtrack by Sonic Mayhem & I was amazed the day I figured out I could play the Disc in my CD Player! \m/

The Singleplayer was just ridiculously indulgent; could never pull myself away from it & once I'd finally beaten the Jorg, I couldn't wait to get a hold of the Mission packs but I also wanted figures of the Strogg and the late 'Resaurus' company made that happen! XD

Quake 2 was also the game that aided me in my push to get my Father to purchase a 3D Accelerator Card, a 3Dfx Voodoo 2 no less & thus Quake 2 was my 1st experience as to what could be achieved with Hardware Rendering. :)

Happy Birthday Quake 2, you'll always be my favourite video game alongside Doom 2.
Spook
Posted 02:06pm 07/12/12
Ctf on the powerup server was some darn good times!


sure was.

when i started at the job im still at now, we would play q2 on the office network on nites after everyone went home.

was the most fun evar.
tspec
Posted 02:15pm 07/12/12
I was blown away the first time i saw flies buzzing around decaying corpses in this game. Actually I got my first 3D card for this game, back when they were dedicated cards that you plugged into your video card. Voodoo Monster.
Khel
Posted 02:20pm 07/12/12
Controls he used was arrow keys for movement, control for shoot, space bar for jump and A/Z for aim up/down. It was my or my brothers responsibility to help aim up/down.


Your dad was a noob, why wasn't he aiming with the mouse!
trog
Posted 04:05pm 07/12/12
Long live the railgun!
fpot
Posted 04:08pm 07/12/12
Watching deeper play this game was pretty amazing. He was like some sort of trick jumping god.
Zakson
Posted 04:27pm 07/12/12
It's called strafe-jumping, fpot.
RUSTA
Posted 04:45pm 07/12/12
Vanilla Q2 on UQ servers and CTF on Powerup is what I remember the most.
Dazhel
Posted 04:46pm 07/12/12
Long live the railgun!

Hear hear, praise be unto Carmack, Amen.
d0mino
Posted 04:57pm 07/12/12
Goddam I played the s*** out of this game. I miss you Quake II.

Habib
Posted 06:50pm 07/12/12
RIP Paul Steed
Insom
Posted 07:18pm 07/12/12
really? i just found that out, bummer
Reverend Evil
Posted 07:21pm 07/12/12
I wish I could go back in time and do Q1 and 2 all over again. So much fun LAN'ing them.
IVY_MiKe
Posted 09:05pm 07/12/12
That is both awesome, and terrifying.

I recall playing Q2 as a teen :(
I think I may officially be old.
DeadlyDav0
Posted 09:15pm 07/12/12
Your dad was a noob, why wasn't he aiming with the mouse!

NFI. I assumed keyboard only was the default controls although i think this is incorrect. I think quake 3 and UT were the first games i played keyboard+mouse, cant remember playing any shooters before them.
natslovR
Posted 09:45pm 07/12/12
15 years. Wow.

I spent a lot of time playing this game.

Then I got a voodoo and it made the lot of time I'd spent playing this game before having one seem like nothing.

Many weekends spent lanning it.
Whoop
Posted 10:28pm 07/12/12
Ctf on the powerup server was some darn good times!

+1 but for some reason everyone preferred that other one, ozemail or something? It was always crashing, always full of hackers, yet in the final days of CTF, powerup had no one on it and the crap server was always full.
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